From The new York State Senate
Ben Osborn inducted into Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame
Betty Little May 20, 2015 ISSUE: Veterans
George native, Corporal Ben Osborn, was inducted into the New York State
Veterans’ Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Albany on Tuesday, May 19.
State Senator Betty Little nominated Osborn, who was one of two veterans
was 27 when he died on June 15, 2010, during combat in Shigalwashheltan
district, Konar, Afghanistan of wounds sustained when insurgents
attacked his unit using small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fires.
is the first veteran I have nominated for Senate Veterans’ Hall of
Fame who was killed in action,” said Senator Little. “Words
can’t convey my sense of gratitude for Ben’s service. With
Memorial Day coming up, I hope all of us will take time to think about
and pay tribute to those, like Ben, who paid the ultimate price in
service to our nation and to their families and friends for their
youngest of Bill and Beverly Osborn’s five children, CPL Osborn
enlisted in the U.S. Army’s Combat Infantry in April 2007.
Osborn’s desire to serve his country was evident when as, a 4th
grader, he was very interested in Operation Desert Storm during the Iraq
War and then as a teenager when the tragic events of September 11th
graduation from basic training, he was stationed in Vilseck, Germany
and, from there, deployed to Iraq with the 2nd Cavalry Stryker Regiment.
After his 15-month deployment to Iraq with the Stryker regiment,
which he greatly admired, he returned to Vilseck and trained hard to
score admittance to the Army's elite Ranger program, but an emergency
appendectomy and recovery negated his timely return to the states.
August of 2009, his home base was Fort Campbell, Kentucky with the 2nd
Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st
Airborne Division (Air Assault). His second deployment with this
Division April 2010 was to Afghanistan.
Osborn earned many medals and awards from 2007 to 2010, including the
Combat Infantryman Badge, The Expert Markmanship medal, Army
Commemorative medal, Army Achievement medal, Good Conduct medal,
National Defense Service medal, Afghanistan Campain medal, Iraq Campain
medal, Global War on Terror Service medal, Army Service ribbon, Overseas
Service ribbon, NATO medal, Driver and Mechanic badge, Weapons
Qualification M4 Expert, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Army Valorous
Unit award, and Army Meritorious Unit award.
SPC Osborn was promoted to CPL Benjamin D Osborn posthumously after
paperwork started in May for the promotion was completed and his
final awards were The Bronze Star and The Purple Heart.
Ben Osborn Memorial Fund was created in loving memory of CPL Benjamin D.
Osborn, carrying forward the positive impact Ben made in the lives of
others. The fund helps "give kids a little lift" in honor of
Ben's memory. The fund assists 32 schools in eleven school
districts with items such as: school supplies, clothing, bedding, eye
and healthcare, educational tuition, electronics, and much more.
memorial fund also supports Christmas initiatives for children,
families, and charitiable organizations and awards two $500 scholarships
to graduating seniors from each participating schools. The fund also
donates food, personal and health care items to ten local food pantries
and its literacy initiative provides reading books available to children
through Ben's Book Stations.
learn more about the Memorial Fund or to make a donation, please call
792-4514 or visit www.benosbornfund.org.